George Michael May Face Jail Time, Judge Tells Him


George Michael appeared in court today and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of cannabis, Reuters reports:

"The judge at the magistrate's court who heard the 47-year-old star's guilty plea warned Michael he could face time in jail when he returns to be sentenced on September 14. 'I make it clear the options in respect of sentence remain open, including the power to imprison,' Robin McPhee told the court, according to the Press Association. 'It is a serious matter. Your driving was extremely poor and there was an accident. There is also a conviction from three years ago.' …The court heard how a police patrol found Michael slumped at the wheel of his Range Rover car in the early hours of July 4 after smashing into the facade of a photographic shop in Hampstead…The star was arrested and taken to Hampstead police station where he was found to be carrying cannabis cigarettes. A blood sample was taken and chemicals linked to cannabis were found in his system."

Michael was banned from driving for two years in 2007 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a similar offense.